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Little Ondine Peel Off Nail Polish

Posted on June 2, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got a really interesting product to share with you today – Little Ondine peel off nail polish! This just sounds like the most perfect invention! I hate chipped nails with a passion and it seems most standard nail polishes only last a couple of days before the edges start to chip off and you’re forced to remove all your polish and start again. Don’t get me wrong I do love painting my nails, but it can be a bit of a faff when you constantly have to re-do them.

Little Ondine polishes are a brand new and innovative product composed of natural resin, organic colourants and water, and their main USP is their easy peel off formula. Only using natural elements, Little Ondine also doesn’t have a toxic smell unlike other standard nail polishes, and their water-based formula dries super fast so after only a couple of minutes you can be on your way.

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I have shades Morning Glory (£7.80), a bright aqua shade and Pop Rocks (£9.00), a silver holo glitter top coat with hexes, lines and glitter suspended in a clear base. It took three coats of Morning Glory to reach full opacity, and I applied Pop Rocks thickly onto my ring finger and spread the holo particles over the nail to give a more even look.

The formula of the polish is quite thick and seemed to have a couple of tiny bubbles in it – maybe this was from me vigorously shaking the bottle before application? I found that the bubbles came out on my nails and gave an uneven finish, but then I figured out as long as I wiped them off the brush before application there was no problem.

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And now for the peel test… if you grew up in the 90’s like I did, you’ll know that spreading PVA glue on your hands, waiting for it to dry and peeling it off was definitely one of the highlights of our youth! This is just like that!! You just pick at an edge and slowly peel the polish off. It comes off in one go and it’s sooo satisfying!

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I think these polishes are just fantastic, they dry in record speed, there’s no smell at all, and I love the fact that they peel off so you can change your nail look at a moments notice. The only thing I will say is that these polishes are not made to last for a long time on the nails, I had a bath in the evening after applying the polish in the daytime and when I got out I noticed a couple of the nails had started to lift at the sides – I’m guessing it was the hot water that did it? Anyway I really don’t see that as a problem as these polishes are made for quick application and removal, they’re perfect for a night out!

I hope you enjoyed my post! I’d love to hear what you think about Little Ondine polishes?

Little Ondine polishes are available now at Beauty Crowd.

This post contains press samples

Cinderella Nails and Nude Jewellery

Posted on April 16, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Unless you’ve been living on a desert island without any internet connection, you’ll have noticed the world has been going a bit Cinderella crazy of late. Personally I love the original Disney movie which was a favourite of mine as a child, and now Disney have released their new live-action Cinderella film to re-ignite our love for the fairy-tale once again. Plenty of brands have jumped on this as a theme and used it as an exciting and interesting selling point for their products – of course I’m talking about the MAC collection that everyone and their dog went crazy about. I noticed it didn’t include any nail colours though, and this is where Morgan Taylor comes in.

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To me, the colours that represent Cinderella are definitely pale and mid blues with irridesence, to portray her amazing sparkly ball gown. There are six shades in the Morgan Taylor Cinderella collection, and I have the most ‘Cinderella-y’ of them all (in my opinion). I have Best Ball Gown Ever, descried as an iridescent periwinkle shade and If The Slipper Fits, a light blue holo glitter, and they are both just so beautiful!

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I used Best Ball Gown Ever across my nails, and this shade took three coats for full opacity. I then added a coat of If The Slipper Fits to my ring finger for added sparkle!

The full collection includes six new shades:

  • Party at the Palace – Iridescent teal
  • My Carriage Awaits – Coral crème
  • Watch Your Step, Sister! – Hot pink crème
  • If the Slipper Fits – Light blue glitter
  • Ella of a Girl – Light pink crème
  • Best Ball Gown Ever – Iridescent periwinkle

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I love how my nails catch the light and look different shades of blue 🙂 The Cinderella collection from Morgan Taylor will be available from Sally stores or Sally Express from 01/03/15, oh and did you happen to notice my sparkly new silver bracelet..?

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Yesss! Just look at it!! Nude Jewellery kindly sent me this stunning Multi Chain Silver Bracelet from their Chain Reaction Collection to show you, and I am just in love with it. I thought the Morgan Taylor nail polishes would accompany it perfectly – and possibly turn me into a princess?? Ok well they gave me princessy hands at least! 🙂

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The Chain Reaction bracelet has a medium sized silver chain as the base, with finer chains wrapped around and woven through it to create a stunning effect. It’s so pretty and delicate, yet interesting and easy to wear with a whole load of different looks. I’ve been wearing this pretty much every day since it arrived and I’ve had so many compliments already! Nude Jewellery stock a massive range of contemporary jewellery in styles to suit every taste, so even if this isn’t up your street, do check their site out if you’re on the hunt for some gorgeous new jewellery.

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So I’m pretty sure I’ll never want to take this bracelet off, and I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of my pretty new polishes too now! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any Morgan Taylor polishes, or if you own any Nude Jewlellery?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

This post contains press samples.

Rare Nails Nail Art Transfer Sets

Posted on March 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Ok so a part of me is kind of over nail art, it’s fiddly, time consuming, then your nails are likely to smudge straight away and all your hard work is ruined – well in my case anyway. Attempting nail art with a toddler is pretty much impossible, even if they’re in bed you’ll know they’ll wake up wanting a wee just as your highly delicate detail has been applied! So, for someone that finds nail art a bit of a faff, I was delighted when I heard about Rare Nails, who offer some fabulous and easy to use nail art transfer sets.

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To be honest with you, I’ve never actually tried out nail transfer stickers, but now I’ve had the pleasure of using Rare Nails’ sets, I’m really impressed with the speed and ease of use.

The Nail Art Sets each contain three polishes that go together, whether they’re matching or contrasting, and each set follows a theme so the polishes can be mixed and matched. Also each set contains it’s own set of nail transfers and instructions.

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The first thing that impressed me about this collection is the size of it, there are 24 sets to choose from, wow! Ranging from aztec, to disco to animal print and polka dots, there really is something for everyone!

I was happy to find out that the transfers are just like the temporary tattoo ones you used as a kid, where you press them on then cover for 20 seconds with a damp tissue or damp cotton wool, and the image is miraculously transferred onto the nail – easy peasy.

I’ve been trying out four of the sets – Tattoo, Ice Cream, Geometric and In Boom (in order below)

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Tattoo and In Bloom were easily my favourite sets, you just cut out the transfer you want and off you go. Ice Cream, though a great idea was a bit more fiddly, you’re given one large transfer sheet so you can cut out whichever shapes you like, so you have to guess the width of your nail if you’re going for an ice cream cone look. Also the transfer was a bit on the sheer side so you can still see the polish through. The Geometric set included a page of sticky strips which you just stick on your painted nails once dry, then paint over to create geometric shapes – you can see I managed to smudge this one! I’m sure this would work really well with practice though. FYI you’re also meant to finish and ‘seal’ them with a clear top coat, this will help the transfer stay put and make your mani last longer, as well as going a lovely gloss finish.

I should also mention the quality of the nail polishes. I found the lighter colours were quite sheer, but came out fully opaque with two coats, and the darker colours were excellent and only needed one coat. I was really impressed with the formula!

Overall I think these sets are a fantastic idea, and really good value for money. The polishes and transfers both get a big thumbs up from me!

Rare Nails Nail Art Kits are available from Amazon for £11.95 each.

I’d love to hear what you think of these sets? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

NEW Bourjois Winter Nail Polish Shades!

Posted on November 11, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today I have the second instalment of Bourjois’ brand new products to show you! (You can check out the first one here) They have brought out three gorgeous new nail shades for the autumn / winter season – Grey To Meet You, a gorgeous blue toned grey, Rouge In Style, a bright true red, and Glitterizer, a clear polish top coat with chunky sparkly silver flakes.

These colours couldn’t really be more Christmassy, I love all of them! If you haven’t tried Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polishes before, you’re definitely missing out. They come with the perfect fan shaped brush making application super easy and fast, the polish also dries in record time (hence the 1 Seconde name) and you *should* only need one coat. Personally I prefer two coats for full opacity.

I used two coats on my nail wheel below and the finish was spot on. When using Glitterizer you may need to spread the flakes around to make the finish more even but other than that, these polishes really are perfect!

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I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these shades? I hope you enjoyed my post!

This post contains a sample provided for review

Professional Gel Nails at Home with NYK1

Posted on October 21, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve never really been a ‘lets go to the salon and get a mani’ type. It always seems like a real luxury and expense, where I could use the money for other things such as makeup! Ha ha! I did, however have my nails done in a local salon for my wedding last year, the whole ‘gel’ thing was a brand new concept to me. I was impressed by the process, and even more by the staying power of the polish. My salon mani did not budge, at all. It didnt peel and eventually started to grow off. It got to a point where I either had to have it removed or re-done, and it turned out that both cost pretty much the same price (sneaky) so I decided to remove it myself in the end. The nails cost £25 to be done, then £20 to be professionally removed or £25 to be removed and re-done. So you’re looking at basically £25 a month to have them done continuously. This is where NYK1 come in. They are a fabulous new company that offer everything you need to get the perfect professional salon manicure from the comfort of your own home, and once you’ve bought the kit, you can buy whichever polishes you like – just think of the savings!

NYK1 kindly sent me a kit with everything I needed to get going – it included the same products as what salons use so I knew it was going to be top quality!

The kit includes everything you see in the image above –

  • Acetone Remover
  • Nail File
  • Base Coat & Top Coat
  • Cuticle Sticks
  • Lint Free Wipes
  • Prep&Shine Sticky Residue Remover
  • Nail Buffer

As well as a large UV light lamp shown below –

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I got to choose two nail colours to go with my set, so I went with Fudge, a pretty beigy brown shade and Helena, a mid toned purple. The set comes wit full instructions for applying the polish, which are really straight forward and easy to follow.

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Above is after one coat – the instructions advise a minimum of two coats of polish, but you can build them as much as you see fit to get your required finish.

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The Helena shade of polish needed three coats for full opacity. You literally put the polish on, ‘cure’ under the light for 2 minutes and repeat until you’ve built up the coverage, easy! I couldn’t quite get used to the fact that the nail polish was instantly dry at the end, I’m used to flapping my arms around for half an hour!

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I really like this colour with my gorgeous Coast bracelet from House of Fraser which I haven’t had a chance to wear yet! 🙂

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The final test is to see if my polish lasts the advertised 14 days, fingers crossed! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

You can purchase complete kits from as little as £64.95 from NYK1.com.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any pro nail products at home and how you got on? I hope you enjoyed my review xxx

This post contains samples provided for review

My Top Summer Nail Polishes!

Posted on August 1, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I seem to be constantly painting my nails this summer, maybe it’s because I’m out and about and doing more, therefore they’re chipping quicker? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just because I’m so indecisive! I’ve been changing my polish a couple of times a week for at least the last few weeks (whereas before I just used to remove it and not bother painting my nails again for a while) and I’ve noticed that out of my massive polish collection, I’ve been going for certain types of colours depending on my mood. I’ve narrowed my most used polishes down to three groups – Neons, Brights and Pastels. So here are my favourite polishes this summer…

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Top row –The Neons

  • Models Own Polish For Tans – Shades
  • Models Own – Orange Sorbet
  • P.S (Primark) Neon Pink
  • Models Own Polish For Tans – Sun Hat

As soon as the Models Own Polish For Tans collection arrived I knew I had to have them. But I didn’t buy any for some reason, I think I may have been on a spending ban? Anyway I was lusting after them for a while then I managed to grab a couple of the polishes from ASOS when they had a 20% off site-wide offer on – result! I already had Orange Sorbet, another neon that was released pre Tans collection and I also can’t stop reaching for my Primark polishes too! This un-named polish in neon pink it just the perfect cool-toned neon pink shade. The formula isn’t amazing but it was only £1 so I’m not complaining!

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Middle Row – The Brights

  1. Model’s Own – Pukka Purple
  2. Model’s Own Hyper Gel – Blue Glint
  3. Beauty UK – Pretty in Pink
  4. Beauty UK – Daffodil Delight
  5. P.S (Primark) Bright Magenta

If I’m not in the mood for a neon shade I’ll often take one step down the brightness scale and head towards the bright shades in my collection. I have another gorgeous Primark polish in here in an amazing bright Magenta colour, and I’m also a big fan of the Models Own Hyper Gels, especially Blue Glint, it’s such a gorgeous intense blue shade! I have a couple of Beauty UK polishes in here too, I’m especially fond ofDaffodil Delight, it’s such a great colour to put you in a good mood!

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Bottom Row – The Pastels

  1. Essie – Not Just a Pretty Face
  2. Tanya Burr – Penguin Chic
  3. Barry M – Baby Pink
  4. Sleek Loves Gel Nails – Smokin’ Violet
  5. Essie – We’re In It Together

And lastly the pastels, these are just so easy to wear, you don’t have to worry so much if the colour is going to clash with your outfit or skin tone. I also love to wear a muted coloured pastel, such as Tanya Burr’s Penguin Chic with a bright summery outfit. 🙂

So that’s about if for my favourite Summer nail polishes! I’d love to hear which polishes you’ve been reaching for? xxx

Soigne Botanique Macaron Nail Polish Collection | Review

Posted on July 25, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Well do I have some pretty little treats to show you today! How absolutely sweet, gorgeous and pretty is this little nail polish set! I just happened to be a lucky monkey and won them in a Facebook competition the other week, yippee!!

It’s likely you won’t have heard of Soigne Botanique as they’re brand new kids on the blog. There are a few reviews popping up on the blogosphere now though so make sure you look them up! Also, they’re so new their website isn’t even up and running yet! Soigne wanted to give nail polish and beauty fanatics a little taster with this fab competition, and I’m definitely not left disappointed!

Here’s a bit more about the company –

SOIGNÉ nail polishes Contain up to 85% plant-sourced raw materials and free of harmful carcinogens. SOIGNÉ provides luxury, fashion forward nail colours with natural ingredients, and contemporary design. Created and manufactured in France.The superiority of the SOIGNÉ nail polish formula and the attention to detail are what makes SOIGNÉ unique – the experience is all encompassing luxury from start to finish.

SOIGNÉ offers the opportunity to own show-stopping, on-trend colours, with luxury and highly collectible, reusable packaging that you’d be proud to display on your dressing table. The SOIGNÉ Core Collection holds an array of cult classic neutrals as well as some show-stopping shades to add some serious colour to any outfit.

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So this is the ‘Macaron’ collection, of course! Perfectly packaged in a baby pink quality cardboard box with gold detailing, on opening the box the polishes are hidden behind greaseproof paper (sorry that sounds very home ec’! I’m sure there’s a better word for it than that but I have no idea what that might be!) If you’ve ever bought a box of posh macarons you’ll know this is just like the sort of packaging they come in. And then on to the colours! You’re treated to five 10ml bottles in an array of stunning pastel shades, with one bright coral shade for good luck!

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From left to right the colours are as follows – Pistache, Lavande, Caramel, Fruit de la Passion, and Petale de la Rose. I mean even the names a gorgeous!

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All I can say is these colours are divine, you’ll want three coats for full opacity and I predict Soigne Botanique is definitely going to be big this summer! I can’t wait to see what other colours they come up with!

I hope you enjoyed my review xx